Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Arrowtown

Chop Shop

Perhaps the tables are a little tightly packed, and the open kitchen does take up half the space, but we're splitting hairs. This place is uniformly fabulous (and uniformly popular) – from the internationally inspir…
Top Choice Tapas in Wanaka

Kika

The baby sister to Francesca's has grown up fast, vaulting within just a year of opening to become the only Wanaka eatery named among New Zealand's top 100 restaurants in 2017. It's a Mediterranean mix of modern Ita…
Top Choice Cafe in Queenstown

Bespoke Kitchen

Occupying a light-filled corner site near the gondola, Bespoke delivers everything you'd expect of a smart Kiwi cafe. It has a good selection of counter food, beautifully presented cooked options, a range of outside…
Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Pretty much the matriarch of Wanaka eateries, the perennially busy and cavernous Francesca's has the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria. Even simple things such as pizza, pas…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Queenstown

Public Kitchen & Bar

You can't eat closer to the water than at this excellent lakefront eatery where local is law: Cardrona lamb, Fiordland wild venison, Geraldine pork, South Island fish. Grab a group and order a selection of plates of…
Top Choice Cafe in Wanaka

Kai Whakapai

As Wanaka as that tree, this local institution is where the town seems to congregate on a sunny evening for a liquid sundowner over excellent pizza or salad. Locally brewed craft beers are on tap and there are Centr…
Mediterranean in Wanaka

White House Restaurant & Bar

This curious restaurant is, well, yeah, in a house – a white one – looking as though someone dropped a casual eatery into the lounge room of an art-deco home. The ever-changing menu ranges through a selection of bru…
Bakery in Queenstown

Fergbaker

The sweeter sister of Fergburger bakes all manner of tempting treats – and though most things look tasty with 3am beer goggles on, it withstands the daylight test admirably. Goodies include inventive pies (venison a…
Modern NZ in Arrowtown

Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

Put yourself in the very capable hands of the chefs at this stylish vineyard bistro that was named among NZ's top 100 restaurants in 2017. Simply pick three or five courses and you'll get whatever the chefs choose f…
Modern NZ in Arrowtown

Saffron

Walking into Saffron is like stepping out of town, with its formal, clean-lined setting providing a contrast to Buckingham St's gunslinger appearance. Expect lamb, wild boar and fish, with both the portions and the …